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St Michael's C.E. Primary School

St Michael's C.E. Primary School

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D & T

“Right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”
 Steve Jobs
 

From concept to product

In Design and Technology pupils are taught to develop, plan and communicate ideas. They work with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products, making creative and informed choices along the way.  Children are encouraged to discuss, evaluate and amend the processes and products, giving and receiving constructive advice
In Foundation Stage D & T is an integral part of the school day, with regular provision for model making and building. Children are encouraged to talk about their choices and to evaluate and make changes accordingly, be it while making a box model, construction or building with blocks in the outside area. 
In the Infants,  pupils are encouraged to solve problems. For example, in the book 'Katie Morag' Katie has a transport problem! Children are encouraged to think imaginatively  and find ways to help her out. They discuss their ideas in detail before the designing and making stage. Then they build on their previous experiences of investigating objects around them to develop their own solutions to the problem.  Exploring how familiar things work, talking, drawing and modelling are  key elements of being a engineer or designer.  
 
In the Juniors,  pupils work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities.  The focus tends to remain on 'meeting a need' or 'solving a problem' and as they get older, market forces become part of planning process. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them as well as conducting market research with potential buyers. Junior classes are involved in 'mini-enterprise' activities for the PTA Summer Fayre. They plan carefully what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs.   Year Six  undertake a Dragons Den type project to plan a product from concept to market. They pitch their idea to a panel in order to get start up funding, they use their previous D and T experience to manufacture or source their product,  advertise and sell at a Dragons' Den Fair. Of course, after the event, they  pay back the start-up funding (plus interest) and use the profit to support their favourite charities. 
  1. DT work for D A T A
  2. 2014 Policy Statement for Design and Technology
  3. D&T Scheme of Work TBR 2017